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U.S : 4 Marines killed following shootings at US Navy buildings in Tennessee


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In what the local district lawyer said is investigated as an "act of domestic terrorism", four US Marines have been killed on Thursday after shootings at two US Navy buildings in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

According to BBC, Chattanooga city police said it was the same gunman at both locations and confirmed he had been killed.The gunman was identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez by an unnamed official, according to the AP news agency. He is believed to have been born in Kuwait, but it is unclear whether he was a US or Kuwaiti citizen.

BBC quoted sources say saying armed police have been deployed to the house where he lived, a few miles outside Chattanooga in Hixson, and neighbours were being evacuated.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Ed Reinhold, who is leading the investigation, said the first shooting occurred at about 10:45 local time (14:45 GMT) at a US Navy recruitment centre in the east of the city. After opening fire on the building, the gunman then reportedly fled the scene in a Ford Mustang and was pursued by Chattanooga police, Mr Reinhold told reporters. BBC says the gunman was shot dead after a gunfight at a US Navy reserve centre about seven miles (10 km) away on Amnicola Highway.

The US Marines confirmed in a statement that there were "four Marine fatalities" at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Centre in Chattanooga.They said one Marine Corps recruiter was wounded but was later released from hospital. Two other people are believed to have been treated for injuries.